Newcastle United: In Support of Sam Allardyce

Mark CadenheadContributor IDecember 11, 2007

IconGiven all that's gone on at St. James' Park over the last six months, it isn't any surprise that Newcastle United aren't at the top of the EPL.

There's a new owner, a new chairman, a new manager, new players—and what would appear to be new fans.

A football club can't win until it develops chemistry. This can only happen with time.

Success, in other words, doesn't come overnight.

Since the departure of Kevin Keegan, Newcastle have endured six managerial changes in 10 years—no thanks to former chairman Freddy Shepherd.

Manchester United and Arsenal, on the other hand, have each gone more than a decade without making a change at the top. That's why the Toon are light years behind—because managers need time to build their rosters and institute their systems.

After a promising start to the season, the Magpies have been inconsistent, with some pretty woeful performances both home and away. It's understandable that fans are upset—but surely they can see that their premature grumblings are only hurting the club.

As I see it, Sam Allardyce will need at least five years to make Newcastle a force in the Premiership—the first to right a sinking ship and the rest to catch the league's elite teams.

Don't get me wrong—if there's no progress after two or three seasons, the board will need to address the situation. But until then, Big Sam deserves the benefit of the doubt.

As for the calls for Allardyce's job—I think the majority of us know that the furor is a product of media speculation as much as anything else. I'd like to think that the Newcastle brass have enough sense to see what I see—and know that Sam can and will thrive at Newcastle.

As for the rest of the season—I wish the team well, and look forward to what I believe will be a bright future for the Toon Army.